He was born in Cameroon. His parents were hoping he’d become a Catholic priest. He wasn’t highly recruited. Yet here we are, in 2019 and collectors are starting to spend some serious money on Pascal Siakam rookie cards.
Playing a significant role on the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship team, Siakam is no longer a secret and with Kawhi Leonard no longer the face of the franchise, Siakam’s scoring average is noticeably up and he’s embracing the challenge of living up to a four-year, $130 million contract. So far, so good.
The Siakam File
After showing some promise in his home country, Siakam came to America to hone his skills as a high school player. He wound up at New Mexico State, winning the WAC Player of the Year award in 2016. Drafted by Toronto with a late first round pick, he spent a good chunk of time with their D-League team in his rookie year, winning the Finals MVP in 2017 and earning a permanent call up to the NBA.
In 2018-19, he became a starter, averaging nearly 17 points and seven rebounds per game as the Raptors won their first NBA title. Nearly every sale of $600 and up for a Siakam basketball card has occurred since the Raptors won it all.
Pascal Siakam Rookie Cards
Siakam’s best rookie cards from a value standpoint are in 2016-17 Panini National Treasures. Rookie autograph patch cards numbered to 99 have been selling for four-figure prices. He has other, lower serial-numbered cards in the product as well, most of which are a few hundred dollars and up.
Similar to the NT rookies, Siakam’s 2016-17 Immaculate Rookie Jersey Autos are often significantly cheaper, potentially offering a pretty solid long-term play.
Low-numbered 2016-17 Panini Prizm parallels have also seen increased interest from collectors. A PSA 10 Gold version, numbered to 10, recently sold for $3,000 on eBay. The popular Silver versions can still be had for a reasonably pedestrian investment of under $200.
The increasing number of 1/1 variations has resulted in eye-popping prices for those who want to chase the rarest of the rare, regardless of brand.
Of course, if you’re a budget-minded collector, there are still plenty of Siakam rookie cards you can own for less than a fast food combo meal.
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